And That’s a Wrap 2016

Well my lovely readers and followers, it is time to bid you all Adieu for 2016. It’s been a busy year and one which has seen my lovely little blog blossom and grow. I have a lot to be thankful for and hope that the momentum that has happened, particularly in the last 6 months, continues in 2017.

We’ve had lots of opportunities come our way from products to review to days out, and we as a family are eternally grateful for them. I know how lucky we are to receive items and days out and therefore I always to try to do my best with them. I hope I’ve done the brands proud and that they are still willing to work with us next year. Either way I should say a big thank you to them all for the opportunities and campaigns they’ve brought our way.

But now that the Christmas holidays are upon us and I’m finished work for 2016, BattleKid is done in nursery until January, and BattleDad is just about finished too, it’s time to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and we hope you have a lovely New Year.

I am signing off the blog until January and taking a well deserved break. The weeks in the run up to Christmas have been hectic and so it’s time to relax and enjoy some family time together. Don’t worry, there will still be my daily #project366 pictures on Instagram which will post to Facebook and Twitter. I’m sure I’ll still be Snapchatting intermittently too, so I won’t be completely AFK from social media.

We are taking a break from the house too and are off to a sunnier climate so I’ll be bullet pointing our days for the Holiday Diaries, which will come in January. I’ll be keeping up to date with my Tribe on Facebook and Instagram so won’t be totally out of touch. As for blog posts, they’ll start again in January.

I should also warn those of you who follow me on Instagram that I don’t intend to carry on with the Project 365 next year. I’ve done two years of it and feel that is enough. I’ll still be posting regularly but plan to take more time and care over my pictures so expect some changes there. Other than that I am hoping to continue with the My Sunday Photo run by Darren of Photalife as I’ve really enjoyed taking part this year and it ensures I get at least one post published a week.

I’ll be publishing posts as often as I can but no doubt there will be highs and lows in their frequency as there has been this year! Writers block hits the best of us, as does losing your mojo but we eventually get over it and get back to the keyboards.

There will of course be reviews, days out and some things from this year I still need to catch up on. And there will no doubt be more Holiday Diaries. Stay tuned for them next year as one is going to be a big one!

All that is left for me to say is a heartfelt thank you to you all for your support, following, comments and friendship over the last year. We really do hope you all have a fantastic Christmas and a Happy New Year. I hope to see you back in 2017!

Seasons Greetings from the Battle Family x

My Top 7 Favourite Christmas Songs

When Christmas is drawing near, radio and TV start playing Christmas songs and there are a few which are my firm favourites. While I don’t mind listening to Christmas songs in general, it must only be in the month of December and preferably one of my top 7 favourites

Driving Home For Christmas – Chris Rea. It must be his version and not the Michael Ball one. Christmas doesn’t really start for me until I hear that song on the radio of my car during December. It’s a thing in our family started by my Mum a few years ago and every one of us girls (there are 3/4 of us who drive) agree it’s not Christmas until we hear it in the car during December.

Fairytale of New York – The Pogues ft. Kirsty MacCall. This one of those classic ultimate pop Christmas songs and it actually makes me feel a bit emotional every time I hear it. Maybe it’s because The Pogues are Irish and that makes me think of home, I don’t know.

All I Want for Christmas is You – Mariah Carey. For me this is the ultimate feel-good Christmas song. And interesting fact I hear on the radio recently, Mariah makes over 400k on average from royalties of this song each year. That’s crazy! Money for doing nothing. It just goes to show what a popular song it is!

Do They Know it’s Christmas? – Band Aid. Another classic song that I’ve already heard on the radio, it has to make everyone’s top Christmas songs list!

Merry Christmas Everyone – Slade. Another of my favourite Christmas songs, I particularly love the “It’s Chrrriiiiiissssstmmmaaaaassss” part of the song.

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee. Tell me this song doesn’t make you immediately think of Home Alone when you hear it! A great song for a brilliant Christmas movie, the two will forever be associated with the other for me. I can’t wait until BattleKid is old enough to enjoy Home Alone!

White Christmas – Bing Crosby/Michael Bublé. Whether it is Bing featured on Home Alone or suave Michael Bublé, this is one of those classic Christmas songs that you can’t help but sing along to when you hear it. And Michael’s Christmas album is played loud and proud in the week leading up to Christmas, both in my car and at home.

So there you have it, my top 7 favourite Christmas songs of all time. Are any of these in your top 7?

Cath x

Childrens Bedding from Character World

We’ve been thinking of updating BattleKid’s bedroom as he approaches 3, so when we got the chance to receive some childrens bedding from Character World for review I jumped at the chance and knew exactly which character we’d like to receive.

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